What can I do with my degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice?
Criminology and Criminal Justice careers
These pages look at career areas related to Criminology and Criminal Justice, or which offer ways of using the skills gained by studying this subject.
Since Criminology can also be studied as a joint honours degree at Kent, you may also wish to look at the pages for the other half of your degree.
The occupations listed below are a selection of those which may interest students and graduates from the Criminology and Criminal Justice. Many of these occupations are open to graduates in any degree subject and a degree in Criminology or Criminal Justice is not often a specific requirement: however, the knowledge you have gained from your degree studies will obviously be highly relevant to these employers and will also help to show your interest in and commitment to the career.
Court reporters produce verbatim reports of court proceedings, using traditional shorthand techniques or stenotype machines. They may also work at public inquiries, court martials, tribunals and police interviews.
Criminal Intelligence Analyst
Criminal intelligence analysts collect and evaluate information which they use to analyse patterns of crime, build up a picture of criminal suspects and their activities to help solve crimes and prevent future crimes being committed.
Forensic accountants investigate fraud and other financial misrepresentation. Their work enables lawyers, insurance companies and other clients to resolve disputes.
Police Officers work to make communities safer by maintaining the law and preventing crime.
Police Support Roles
Police forces employ civilian staff in a wide range of support roles, including communications, IT, administration, recruitment and finance.
Prison Officers are responsible for maintaining security in prisons and supporting the rehabilitation of prisoners.
Probation Officers work with offenders and aim to reduce rates of re-offending and protect the public.
Job profile of a Probation Officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Probation Officer from the TARGET Jobs website
How to become a probation officer from How2Become.com
On Probation blog, “the personal thoughts of an ordinary probation officer”
Scene of Crime Officer
Scene of crime officers (SOCOs) locate, record and recover evidence from crime scenes.
Social Researchers could work for universities or research organisations such as think-tanks. Social research covers a wide range of topics including crime, housing, youth and community. Social Researchers manage research projects including collecting and analysing data and presenting the results.
Job profile of a Social Researcher from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Social Researcher from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a Government Social Research Officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Government Research Officer from the TARGET Jobs website
Career profiles of researchers from the Social Research Association
Victim Care Officer
Providing help to people who have been victims of crime, including supporting them during court proceedings.
Youth Offending Team Officer
Working with young offenders with the aim of reducing rates of re-offending and supporting young people to achieve positive outcomes.
Please note that some of these careers may require further study.
For further information on these careers, see also:
- I Want To Work In
- Information on types of jobs from Prospects
- Information on career sectors from TargetJobs
- What can I do with a Criminology Degree?
People in some Criminology and Criminal Justice roles may be self-employed
What do graduates in this subject from the University of Kent do?
Every year the University of Kent participates in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey to find out what graduates are doing after finishing their courses. You can access this information here. Please note that this webpage is password protected and only accessible by University of Kent staff and students.
The examples shown reflect the destinations of students six months after graduation. Keep in mind that at this early stage some graduates may not have made long-term career choices or entered a graduate-level job role. You will find many examples of graduates who have entered graduate schemes and professional careers, but there may also be some graduates working in temporary employment or taking time out to volunteer, travel or gain appropriate work experience. The destination data is useful for generating career ideas and it also shows that as a Kent graduate you have a very wide range of career options open to you, whatever your degree subject!
The data is collected by UK universities and submitted to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), which publishes summary reports for all UK Higher Education Institutions. For more details about the DLHE process visit the HESA website